En Español



Very usefull links



PW
Bookstore





News links

AP

AFP

Aljazeera

Dow Jones

Oil price

Reuters

Bloomberg

Views and News
from
Norway

 

 

 

 

PHMSA U.S. pipeline regulator completes rule to boost safety standards

 

NEW YORK
Petroleumworld.com 01 16 2017

The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) said on Friday it has passed a rule to boost safety requirements on the country's oil and refined products pipelines.

The rule requires pipeline operators to have a system for detecting leaks and to establish a timeline for inspecting affected pipelines following an extreme weather event or natural disaster, PHMSA said in a statement.

PHMSA said it aims to improve the quality and frequency of tests used to assess threats and the condition of pipelines.

Technology touted by pipeline operators routinely fails and while there are guidelines, there are no strict federal mandates in place for a particular system to catch spills, experts have said.

Pipeline safety has become a key topic of debate in recent months after massive protests against Energy Transfer Partners' crude oil Dakota Access Pipeline due to concerns about contaminated water supply in the event of a leak.

The incoming Donald Trump administration has said it supports Dakota Access, along with other pipeline projects.

A spokeswoman for PHMSA said the regulator expects the rule to be published in the Federal Register by the end of next week, adding that from then it takes 6 months for the rule to go into effect.

Rules announced by PHMSA on Friday also expands the list of conditions that require immediate repair.



Story reporting by Devika Krishna Kumar in New York; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama from Reuters.

We invite all our readers to share with us
their views and comments about this article
.

Write to editor@petroleumworld.com

By using this link, you agree to allow PW
to publish your comments on our letters page.

Any question or suggestions,
please write to: editor@petroleumworld.com

Best Viewed with IE 5.01+ Windows NT 4.0, '95,
'98,ME,XP, Vista, Windows 7,8,10 +/ 800x600 pixels

TOP

Contact: editor@petroleumworld.com,

Editor & Publisher:P.Ohep F. /Producer - Publisher:P.Ohep F./
Contact Email: editor@petroleumworld.com

CopyRight © 1999-2016, Paul Ohep F. - All Rights Reserved. Legal Information

PW in Top 100 Energy Sites

CopyRight©1999-2016, Petroleumworld   / Elio Ohep Fitzgerald- All rights reservedThis site is a public free site and it contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner.We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of business, environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have chosen to view the included information for research, information, and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission fromPetroleumworld or the copyright owner of the material.